The new Critical Care Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital was opened yesterday (24 August) by entertainer Tommy Cannon, accompanied by Yvonne and Joanne Ball, the widow and daughter of much-loved comedian Bobby Ball.
Bobby, who passed away in October 2020, was cared for by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals in his final days.
The families were welcomed by CrCU Matron Karen Smith, CrCU Manager Amy Cartmell and Critical Care Lead for the Emergency Village, Dr Rob Thompson, who have worked tirelessly along with the team to get the CrCU facilities ready and to such a high standard.
After a tour of the new facilities, the guests enjoyed some refreshments with the CrCU team. Practice Development Nurse Emma Ibbotson shared her memories of Bobby as a patient, recalling his sense of humour whilst on the ward.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Chief Executive Trish Amstrong-Child (pictured below with the special guests) said: “Just by seeing the reaction of families and friends who have visited today shows the difference it will make to future families who find themselves in a very vulnerable time, having to sit in a critical care unit, the environment really matters and that’s why it’s such a fantastic achievement.”